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Sony Xperia Z1 low-lighting shots look amazing

A gallery of images taken at nighttime with the Sony Xperia Z1 demonstrates the phone’s impressive low-lighting capabilities.
September 13, 2013

Dual-toned flashes are nice, but in some situations you simply can’t use a flash for your photography. And then there are users who outright refuse to use the flash on their mobile devices, arguing that the harsh LED light does more harm than good to the scene.

That’s why it’s important to have a device that can take good shots even when the ambient light is less than ideal. The good news for Sony fans is that the camera of the new Xperia Z1 flagship (hands-on and first impressions here) seems one of the best performers in the market when it comes to low-lighting photography.

Here’s a gallery of photos taken with the Sony Xperia Z1 by the folks at UnleashThePhones. The shots were taken in Singapore at around 7:30pm to 9:30pm, using Sony’s well-known Superior Auto mode, with no manual settings. Due to the use of the automatic mode, the images’ size is 8MP in 16:9, though in manual mode you can set the resolution to 20.7MP in 4:3.

Click to enlarge to 8MP.


As you can see for yourself from these samples, Sony seems to have really nailed low-light photography with the Z1. Thanks to the large resolution, the firmware of the Xperia Z1 is able to combine information from several physical pixels into one pixel, thus offering images that are smaller, but also much better. Another trick in the Xperia Z1’s arsenal is the Clear Zoom system, which makes it possible to take some decent images with digital zoom, as opposed to the blurry, noisy shots you typically get when using the digital zoom on other phones.

More samples should be available at the source link as soon as the site comes online again (it’s currently down for some reason).